Issues: Abortion: Support womans right to abortion. Drug Policy / War: - Legalize Marijuana and add "sin" taxes to help fund drug treatment programs and health reform. - Use increased border patrols and higher inspections to minimize trafficking. Death Penalty: - Against Supreme Court: - Select Judges committed to law, civil rights, and strengthening the Constitution. State Fiscal Crisis: - Encourage States to get "Lean and Mean". Cut the fat and reduce "do-Nothing" patronage jobs. Economy/Taxes: - Simplify the existing tax system. - Explore the idea of a combination flat tax and national sales tax. - Work to encourage technical trades to use American workers rather than farming out their tech jobs to Asia. - No tax cuts unless they come from a revised tax code. - Run government like a business, with tight controls on spending and require justification for expenditures. - Remove 'Special Interest' controls from the budget process. Election Reform: - Strong controls and limits on lobbyists, PACs, and SIGs. - Denounce "Mud Slinging" and "Smear" politicking. Education: - Revamp existing funding structure and encourage private investment into education. - Tougher standards for teachers and students - Encourage private sponsorship of technical training Governmental Growth: - Return Federal Government to a smaller size - Become "Lean and Mean" - Return to a Jeffersonian approach to government. - Less Government in our lives. Environment/Energy - Encourage US Oil Companies to update and modernize their refining capacity. - No drilling in Arctic Refuge - Encourage "Clean Air" alternatives such as wind, hydro and solar power, as well as 'fuel cells'. - Encourage private companies to 'clean up' their local areas. Provide federal funding for water and land reclamation. - Tighten pollution standards and raise penalties for non-compliance. - Expand Federal environmental protection coverage in national parks and resources. - US Independence from Foreign energy imports within 10 years. - Raise MPG requirements and push for more efficient autos. Farming / Livestock: - Expand funding for conservation and smart farming ideas. - Encourage farmers to plant and export products rather than relying on Federal Subsidies - Increase the number of Meat inspectors nationwide and raise the quality of our national food supply. Gay Rights: - Full Rights for same-gender marriages - Openly serve in Military - Ban job discrimination - Extend hate-crime protections to include. Guns: - Do not grant gun makers immunity from lawsuits - Do not renew Assault Weapon Ban - Require full background checks at gun shows - Enforce existing gun laws and prosecute those who lie on background checks - Homeland Security begins with the 2nd Amendment. Home Land Security / Immigration: - Repeal the labeling of US Citizens as enemy combatants. - Repeal Patriot Act and restore civil liberties. - Fully Integrate FBI and CIA inside DHS. - No 'automatic path' to citizenship. - Tougher 'entry' standards. - Full patrolling of US Borders by land, air and sea. Create a "Coast Watchers" department to actively monitor coastline. - Full and complete inspections at US Border crossings, especially the Mexican. Searches for contraband, illegal aliens and safety checks mandatory. - Fully Fund and Staff the Boarder Patrol. - Increase crossing capacity to handle added workload. - Fully Federalize all Airline screeners and use strict enforcement of guidelines. Health Care: - Work to reduce drug prices across the board - Allow small businesses to 'group together' to help lower premiums. - Fund federal clinic and medical coverage by adding a 'sin' tax to tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. - Raise standards for veterans care. - Remove limits on health care. 100% health care coverage for all Americans. - Remove abuses caused by outrageous markups on services. Iraq / Afghanistan / Mid East / Military - Convert US role in Iraq to 'Support'. Work to pull out as soon as humanly possible. Reserve right to withdraw if position becomes a quagmire. - Return US to non-Preemption Policy. - Return to Afghanistan to finish the hunt for the 9/11 masterminds - Use Iraqs increasing income from it's oil production to fund it's own rebuilding. - Continue to train Iraqis to deal with internal threats. - Punish war profiteers. - Denounce Israeli and Palestinian atrocities. Act as mediator to find peaceful options. Reserve right to withdraw if situations sour. - Continue to fund improvements in technology to protect troops - Against National Missile Defense. - Reduce deployments overseas. Use Regular military to strengthen our borders. - Recruit more regular service members and reduce dependency on National Guard to fight foreign wars. - Create Civilian Defense Force - No Draft. - Curb wasteful spending while investing in new equipment and technology. - Better pay and benefits for service personnel and their families. Retirement and Social Security: - Encourage Private Investment in addition to existing Social Security program. Trade: - Require companies moving jobs overseas to give notice. - Review existing trade agreements and renegotiate those that are excessively unfair to America.